Staying Connected. February 11

It feels like so long ago since daily life changed dramatically last March.  Like many of you, the staff at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA are missing face to face interactions with each other, with our volunteers and most importantly, the individuals and families we serve. Also, perhaps like you, our eyes are screen weary from so many online meetings.   The good news is these tools are in place to help us keep distanced and stay connected during this pandemic.

The pandemic has changed not only the way we live, work, and play but the way that we adopt a new family member.  We moved to an online, contact-free adoption process and the response has been fantastic! As we approach the Family Day weekend, we are reminded that pets are such an important part of our families especially during these challenging times.

Since March 2020 we have matched 548 pets with new, forever families.  Dogs who remind us that it is important to get outside and go for a walk; cats who are perfect cuddle buddies for movie nights at home; rabbits, guinea pigs and even hamsters that provide companionship and help teach our children valuable lessons about caring for a pet.  Our pets can be a friend, a great listener, an exercise partner and even a co-worker for those now working from home.  We imagine that many pets have made an appearance in those Zoom calls!

We wanted to share a few updates from families who have welcomed a new friend from the HBSPCA into their homes:

Ash, now Penny’s mom wrote –

“So… I gotta say, thank you for seriously the world’s most perfect puppy. You know when you get a new cat and they disappear for several days under the furniture and you kind of forget you got one? Our experience with Penny has been the EXACT opposite of that. She is clearly as in love with us as we are with her. She howled the whole way home and we haven’t heard a peep since. She is so happy and engaged and I can’t say enough about it. Thank you!

The foster mom (for Penny) really did her job for sure! I’m shocked at how much she knows. She was even sitting for the boys. She even slept last night from 9 until 5:30!! We are over the moon!”

Meringue, now Juniper’s mom shared this with us –

“Hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to reach out and give you an update on Meringue (I call her Juniper now). She’s such a sweet bunny and she seems very happy in her new home. She loves exploring and eating, she’s not a picky eater in the slightest. She’s a bit of a troublemaker and loves to knock things over or sit on my laptop during zoom calls but isn’t too much of a chewer so it’s been a pretty easy transition from the X-pen to free roaming. She doesn’t seem to mind being picked up, though. I don’t do it frequently and likes hanging out on my bed watching Grey’s Anatomy with me. Couldn’t have asked for a better bunny! My friends and I are very much in love with her.”

DJ and She-Ra’s new family sent us this update

“Hi – just wanted to let you know that DJ and She-ra are amazing! They are both super curious and I’m amazed at how affectionate they are.  Of course, a bit skittish, but settling into their space – eating and drinking and even a bit of play.   As you said, lots of hugs!! They are bringing us such joy!  Their curiosity is hilarious!  

Thanks so much – I think this was a really good match.  We are all really pleased and look forward to having a lot of fun together!!”

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA goes to great lengths to ensure that pets are appropriately matched with their new family and provides so much more than just a simple transaction.  Our all-inclusive adoption fee includes:

*a lifetime of support following the adoption

*nutrition information and support (and easy home delivery options)

*spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, medical care and so much more

*bag of nutritious food delivered to your home from our partners at Royal Canin Canada

We look forward to matching many new pets with their forever families.

In these challenging times we thank everyone for sharing their stories and continuing to support pets and their families. We hope you enjoy a special Valentines Day and Family Day weekend with your loved ones, whether they are people or pets.


Staying Connected. January 14


The work we do at the HBSPCA is essential and we want to assure you that we will continue to operate our programs and services in line with all Public Health safety protocols and measures. As regulations change, we will make sure to keep everyone informed on the status of our operations.

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA understands and shares the concerns of our community regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the very real impact it has on our families, friends and colleagues. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, anticipating requirements for the health and safety of the animals, our volunteers, our staff and the community we serve and we continue to adjust and adapt.

Following the announcement from the Ontario Government this week regarding stay-at-home order we are making the following changes at the HBSPCA:

  • We remain open for:
    • Animals at risk identified by Provincial Inspectors and for whom a safe-haven is required
    • URGENT pet surrenders. If you as a guardian have an urgent need to consider surrendering a pet in your care, please email
    • URGENT end of-life-care. Please email .
    • Contact-free adoption pick-up.
  • Food is available to registered colony cat caregivers; email for pick-up.
  • Our website, Facebook and Instagram pages are up to date with the latest information.
  • The shelter will continue to be safely staffed to care for animals on site, in foster families and for animals in distress requiring immediate attention.
  • We will take a pause on appointments for Rabies vaccines and microchips. We will re-establish these services as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Our low-cost cat spay/neuter surgeries will continue, with curbside drop-off and pick-up, and with a few minor adjustments to our schedule.  We will not be taking new surgery applications for the time being, however, if you have already submitted your application, we will contact you.  We will update our website and social media when we are accepting new applications. 

During these very challenging times we want to thank you for your continued support.  We are truly all in this together.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home if possible.


Staying Connected. December 31

Make 2021 the year that you change the life of an animal in your community!

It is once again the time that we say goodbye to another year and what a year 2020 turned out to be!  It was the year COVID-19; a year of toilet paper shortages and home schooling; a year in which many spent more time at home than ever before, and it was a year that many pets thought was the best-ever as their owners were with them morning, noon and night.

The year 2020 certainly came with its challenges, however, we hope that you can take some time in the next few days to rest, recharge and reflect on the things you are grateful for and look ahead to the future.

A new year is a fresh start!  It is a time to start a new hobby, learn a new skill, take a class or perhaps pledge to change the life of an animal in our community.  It takes a community to care for homeless and abused animals and provide them with a second chance in a new, forever home.

The gift of monthly donations is profound. Monthly donors provide a consistent, reliable source of income to help us protect animals from people, teach responsible pet ownership, and match animals with their forever homes.

You can easily set up a monthly donation with the HBSPCA and help the animals all year long. As little as $10 a month will cover the cost of vaccination, medication, and microchips for one dog or two cats.

If 2021 is the year you have decided to make a difference for the animals, you can sign up as a monthly donor here

As we leave 2020 in the rear-view mirror and look forward to 2021 with hope and optimism, we want to thank you for your continued support and wish you a healthy, happy new year!


Staying Connected. December 24

Dear Friends of the Animals

We have all seen stories on the news and posts on our social media reminding us that Christmas 2020 might not be the one to ask for material things but rather to be grateful for the things we already have.  Even in a challenging year there are many things we are grateful for here at the Hamilton Burlington SPCA.

We are grateful to our donors and supporters who have stepped up in a big way this year.  We are grateful for the happy adoption stories that we receive from forever families with a new pet.  And we are grateful for our AMAZING volunteers who have stuck with us even when most of our volunteer programs had to be put on pause.  Normally at this time of year we would celebrate our volunteers with a holiday get together, in person.  This year things looked a bit different.  This year it was a drive thru event!  The smiles were still there, behind masks, the holiday attire was still in full effect and the gratitude we felt for our volunteers was off the charts.

Volunteers are such a big and important part of the HBSPCA.  From dog walking to cat cuddling, answering the phones to minor maintenance, helping at events, data entry and so much more!  Normally we have many volunteers onsite to assist with our daily work and with having to limit the number of people in our building staff has found it challenging to keep up with the demand to help animals in need.  We are grateful every day for our volunteers and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back, when the time is right, with open arms.

We encourage each of you to take a moment and remember what you are grateful for.  A special story shared with friends, a spontaneous laugh, an act of kindness when it is needed most, a phone call that brightens up your day.  None of these items can be bought in a store but they can help get us through a challenging time.


Staying Connected. December 17

Dear Friends of the Animals

Sometimes we need a helping hand.  Sometimes we need an extra boost.  Sometimes we need a second chance. 

This week we were reminded about the power of second chances when Emily O’Brien of Comeback Snacks stopped in for a visit.  Emily’s story is an important one.  It’s a story about the benefits of giving someone the second chance they need.  Here at the HBSPCA we see the power of second chances every day.  A chance at a fresh start.  A chance for a new beginning.  A chance for a happy ending.

This week we welcomed a canine family looking for their second chance.  Through no fault of her own this mama dog and her brood of ten, (yes, 10!) babies were living outside in the cold, alone and in need of a helping hand.  Working with a local Animal Control we were able to ensure that mom and babies are safe inside, with full tummies, warm blankets, and fresh water.  It was just in the nick of time, as the snowy weather arrived last night. 

Their journey for a second chance begins now and will start at the HBSPCA.  Over the next few weeks they will all receive the basic medical care they need.  They will eventually head to a volunteer foster home for some important socialization.  Vaccines and deworming medications will be provided and of course, they will receive all the LOVE that we can provide.  Then, when they are ready, we will complete the rescue circle and they will find amazing forever homes.  A forever home that will help provide them all the second chance they need and deserve.

This holiday season, we encourage you to remember the importance of providing a second chance, a helping hand, or that extra boost.  Maybe it’s a friend, a neighbour, a stranger or a pet at the local animal shelter.  We are all deserving of love and the chance to move on from past mistakes and start fresh.

Be Safe. Be Kind.
Melanie Barlow